Mattel is just slaying it this year. Between the Wonder Woman movie wave and this Batgirl of Burnside figure, we've gotten some of the nicest DC Mattel figures I've ever seen. While I don't think Batgirl necessarily needed a costume re-design (I had no problems at all with her New52 look), the character herself was suffering from some dreary storylines and was a prime candidate for some serious changes. The 2014 revamp seemingly made Babs younger, hipper, more fashion-forward, more twitter-addicted, and hauled her out to a new stomping ground: Burnside. Overall I liked the changes. Unfortunately her new storylines and art never really gripped me. (I'm still waiting for it to equal the 2009 Steph Brown series). But one thing I loved was the new costume. It's the perfect blend of costumey-superhero and utilitarian. It's really on par with the Darwyn Cooke Catwoman redesign. I'm just really glad we've seen two great action figures in this outfit already (and a slew of other product). Let's check out Batgirl below!
Her face is weird and awesome. The character is always smirking and making odd faces in the comics so it's super impressive that Mattel has taken a chance on replicating that look. It's very risky to sculpt and paint and expressive face in this scale and the attempts fail way more often than they succeed.
Babs comes with a yellow batarang and a cell phone.
Batgirl also comes with the Left arm of King Shark.
Look how big the arm is next to her, the King Shark figure must be huge!
So I definitely wanted to show this figure on the DC Collectibles Icons Batcycle. The DCC figure couldn't really pose on it, and neither can the Mattel version. The bike is too wide for their hips and their wrist and shoulder articulation can't accommodate two hands on the handlebars. But you can still get come cool "dismounting" poses like below.
Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!
Here she is with the DC Collectibles Icons Batgirl. These two figures are surprisingly different. The DCC version is significantly smaller, with brighter colors and a more serious face. I much prefer the ab joint and accessories of the DCC figure, but overall the Mattel version is more appealing to me.
From Left to Right: Imaginext, DCC Icons, Jada Metals, Mattel Multiverse, Pint Size Heroes, Rock Candy, and Funko Pop.